Port Cities (band)

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Port Cities
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genrespop
Years active2015-present
Labelsturtlemusik/Warner Music
Associated actsGordie Sampson, Donovan Woods, Andrew Austin, Neon Dreams, Ria Mae, Mo Kenney
Websitehttp://portcities.ca/
MembersDylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone

Port Cities is a Canadian band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Formed in 2015, Port Cities is composed of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone —each already a singer/songwriter with an established solo career. The band signed with turtlemusik/Warner Music in 2016 and released its debut album in 2017.

History[edit]

Guthro, Mackinnon, and Stone met in 2011 at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, an annual event in Cape Breton that gathers promising songwriters from across Nova Scotia.[1] There they formed a three-way friendship that soon led to various collaborations in the context of their individual musical lives. Eventually they were writing and playing together often enough that the idea of forming a band arose naturally.[2]

"We just thought, there’s such a great chemistry between us, why not try to join forces and do something that’s bigger that any of us could do on our own?” said Carelton Stone in a 2015 interview.[3]

Port Cities officially launched in 2015. In 2016, the band was signed to turtlemusik/Warner Music; their debut album was released in February 2017.[4]

As individual musicians, the three members of Port Cities had collectively released six solo albums prior to the band's first release.[1] As a group they write songs to take advantage of each member's strength and experience as a vocalist, often employing two- and three-part harmonies in their music.[2]

In 2016, Port Cities won Casino Nova Scotia's third annual Artist in Residence competition, which awarded them $20,000 to assist them in their ongoing musical development.[5]

Also in 2016, the band released its first two songs, "Astronaut" and "Back to the Bottom." The debut album, produced by Gordie Sampson, was released February 10, 2017.[2]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "Port Cities" (2017)

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2018
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Folk Artist/Band (Gold)[6]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Pop Artist/Band (Silver)[7]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination - Digital Artist of the Year[8]
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Pop Recording of the Year – Port Cities, Port Cities[9]
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Song of the Year – Port Cities, “Back To The Bottom”[9]
    • ECMA Award Nomination - Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year – Port Cities[9]
  • 2017
    • CBC Radio 2 2017 Charts Most Online Votes - #14 “In The Dark”[10]
    • CBC Radio 2 2017 Charts #1 songs of 2017 - #14 “Back to the Bottom”[11]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Album - "Port Cities"[12]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Group Album - "Port Cities"[12]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Best Pop Album - "Port Cities"[12]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Entertainer of the Year[12]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Digital Artist of the Year[12]
    • Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee Video of the Year - "Trouble" (With Dave Sampson)[13]
    • SOCAN #1 Award - Back to the Bottom[14]
    • #1 CBC Radio Top 20 (February 23, 2017) - Back to the Bottom[15]
    • #1 Spotify Canada “Viral 50” Chart - Back to the Bottom[16]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Music Video - “Astronaut” (Gold)[17]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Artist / Band Most Likely To Make It Big (Silver)[18]
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best Pop Artist/Band (Silver)[19]
  • 2016
    • Casino Nova Scotia Artist In Residence 2016 Winners[20]
    • Top 25 CBC Searchlight Competition[21]
    • Slaight Music Juno Masterclass Finalists[22]
  • 2015
    • Voted The Coast “Best of Halifax” - Best New Artist / Band (Bronze)[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Port Cities". The Chronicle Herald. Halifax, Nova Scotia. July 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Port Cities features 3 friends with great vocal blend". Ottawa, Ontario: CBC/Radio Canada. August 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Thompson, Aly (January 14, 2015). "Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band 'Port Cities'". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Halifax Metro News.
  4. ^ "New Music: Port Cities Self-Titled Release 'Port Cities' - The East". Theeastmag.com. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ Dingwell, Rebecca (August 4, 2016). "Tunes at our 'fingertips': Halifax musician Dylan Guthro spotted on streaming chart". Halifax, Nova Scotia: Halifax Metro News.
  6. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-folk-artist-band/BestOf?oid=18679095
  7. ^ https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-folk-artist-band/BestOf?oid=18679095
  8. ^ https://nsmw.ca/music-nominees-2/
  9. ^ a b c "2018 East Coast Music Awards Nominees Announced! - East Coast Music Association". Ecma.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Radio 2 Top 20, Dec. 21: fan favourites of 2017". Cbcmusic.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Radio 2 Top 20, Dec. 28: the #1 songs of 2017". Cbcmusic.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e Thorne, Tara. "Your 2017 Music Nova Scotia award winners". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Cape Bretoners nominated for Music Nova Scotia Awards - Cape Breton Post". Capebretonpost.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Radio 2 Top 20, Feb. 23: Common Deer, Jamiroquai debut, Port Cities No. 1". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Spotify Chart Canada Daily - Viral - 2016-07-10 - Spot On Track". Spotontrack.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Best Music Video". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Best Artist / Band Most Likely To Make It Big". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Best Pop Artist / Band". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Port Cities - Casino Nova Scotia - Ticket Info". Ticketatlantic.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Meet the Top 25 regional finalists from Searchlight 2016". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  22. ^ "TOP 10 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR SECOND ANNUAL ALLAN SLAIGHT JUNO MASTER CLASS - The JUNO Awards". Junoawards.ca. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Best New Artist / Band". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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